THE 14th annual Coraki Art Prize was officially opened last night, with the announcement of the winners of the 2012 prize.

Marion Arent of Tabulam, took out the Best in Show Award with her piece entitled Life in the Balance: Rolling the Dice.

The Janelle Saffin Encouragement Award went to Matilda Giese of Clunes, while Alvina Kapeen of Coraki, claimed the Koori Mail Encouragement Award.

After a hard and long road to get this year's event up and running, the committed organisers can breathe a sigh of relief.

The art prize was thrown into a spin a few months back, after head organiser Melva Thompson suffered a stroke, but Melva's husband George and daughter Ana stepped up with long-time organiser Kate Welch to continue with the much-loved tradition.

With the support of what Mrs Welch described as a "good, strong team," the event has turned out to be as successful as they could have hoped.

"The exhibition itself is looking to be, I think, one of the best it's ever been," she said.

Mrs Welch said there was a high of work and consistency among the 280 entries.

The Coraki Art Prize is open for exhibition at the Coraki Conference Centre and Brandon Hall (Anglican Hall) today 10am-4pm and tomorrow 10am-3.30pm.

Entry $2.

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